WATCH: 'It's not great from Ocon' – Kvyat blames Renault driver for Austrian GP retirement
Daniil Kvyat’s Austrian Grand Prix ended spectacularly on Lap 69 with suspension failure, costing AlphaTauri the chance of taking a double-points finish at the first race of the 2020 season. And after the Grand Prix, the Russian blamed contact with Renault’s Esteban Ocon for ruining his race.
The incident between the two drivers took place at Turn 6 on Lap 63, with Kvyat's onboard camera showing him being pushed wide onto the kerbs by the Renault.
And after retiring from the season opener just two laps from the finish, Kvyat said: “The race was going really well for me until the contact with Ocon. I had a very good pace and fresher tyres.”
He told Formula1.com: “It’s not great from Ocon’s side to push off people like this, to be honest. But I could’ve been more patient as well. A bit disappointing, the race until then was panning out very well. It’s a shame, I unfortunately cost myself a lot of points today.”
Having started the race in 13th, Kvyat took advantage of the first two Safety Car periods to pit on Lap 26 and 51, putting him in P9 as team mate Pierre Gasly ran in seventh for the new-look squad. But a late tussle with Ocon cost him dearly.
“After the collision, my front wing and a suspension broke,” said Kvyat. “I also had a puncture, so my race was over.”
AlphaTauri’s consolation was Gasly’s eventual P7 finish behind Racing Point’s Sergio Perez, which gave the Faenza-based squad six points to ensure they came away with a healthier haul than the likes of Red Bull and Renault.
Gasly said after the race: “If someone had told us that we would have been P7 on Sunday we would have signed straight away, so I think we can be very happy with my result after a difficult start to the weekend.”